We continue our series of associate spotlights with Adem Sengal, a first-year in Columbia College and an associate editor for JPS. Our publisher, Roma Patel, sat down with Adem this week.
Roma: What’s your intended major and how did you decide?
Adem: I’m considering Economics-Political Science because I’m interested in economic development, and that involves a lot of political theory as well.
Roma: What are you most passionate about?
Adem: The power of politics. I believe that politics and policy can make meaningful changes in people’s lives, so I’m interested in exploring what I can do in that field.
Roma: Who do you draw most influence from?
Adem: My dad. He inspired my passion for politics.
Roma: What is your favorite thing about Columbia so far? About JPS?
Adem: My favorite thing about Columbia is New York City. About JPS, I really enjoy the editing process, and the people are all great.
Roma: On a related note, how did you hear about and join JPS?
Adem: I heard from my friends in the organization.
Roma: What are your hobbies or interests outside your major?
Adem: I enjoy long walks on the beach, online chess, leisurely reading if time permits.
Roma: Where are you from?
Adem: Houston, Texas.
Roma: Were you born and raised there?
Adem: I was. Texas born and bred.
Roma: What’s your favorite thing about Houston?
Adem: God, that’s tough. The weather right now.
Roma: What is an interesting fact about you that not many people know about?
Adem: I asked Stephen Colbert who the greatest American was, and he said Abraham Lincoln. He even included Lincoln in the last episode of the Colbert Report, so I basically consulted him.